Campbellsport, Wisconsin

43.576863294°, -88.360019821°


A drumlin is a mound, shaped like an inverted spoon or half-buried egg, that is produced by receding glacial ice. When that land is then used for agricultural purposes - like the drumlins seen here in Campbellsport, Wisconsin - circular patterns rise to mimic the landscape and make cultivation possible.



Hoover Dam

Clark County, Nevada / Mohave County, Arizona, USA

36°0′56″N 114°44′16″W


Hoover Dam is a 726-foot high, 1,244-foot wide concrete arch-gravity dam located on the Colorado River at the border of Arizona and Nevada. Constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression, a workforce of approximately 20,000 poured a total of 4.36 million cubic yards of concrete to complete the structure. Overall, there is enough concrete in the dam to pave a two-lane highway from San Francisco to New York.



Astana City Plan

Astana, Kazakhstan

51°10′0″N 71°26′0″E


Astana is the capital and second largest city in Kazakhstan. South of the Ishim River that runs through the city’s center, there is significant construction underway. This process will remove the Soviet-era buildings and replace them with entirely new government administrative buildings, set for completion in 2030.



Tulip Fields

Lisse, Netherlands

52.273961460°, 4.554789725°


On December 4, a collection of Overviews will go on display at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany. Throughout the month, we will bring back some of the selections for the “Welcome to the Anthropocene” exhibit, such as this Overview of vibrant tulip fields sprawling across the landscape in Lisse, Netherlands. 



Tire Graveyard

Sulaibiya, Kuwait City, Kuwait

29.259079032°, 47.671489620°


Approximately seven million tires are buried in giant holes at a waste dump in Sulabiya, Kuwait. It is believed that these tires originate both in Kuwait as well as other countries who paid to have them sent here. For example, since 2006 the EU has banned the disposal of tires in its landfill sites, leaving 480,000 tons that need to be exported or shredded each year.



Barcelona at night

Barcelona, Spain

41°23′N 2°11′E


Barcelona - captured from the ISS at night - is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea with approximately 4.5 million residents. A happy orange and black Halloween from Daily Overview!

This photograph is courtesy of NASA’s “Cities at Night” project. Through this effort, NASA has invited the public to sift through its collection of more than 1.8 million photographs captured from the ISS since 2003. With crowdsourcing, we will be able to identify and catalogue the cities on Earth that have been captured so far!

Source: Alejandro Sánchez de Miguel, José Gómez Castaño, Jaime Zamorano, Christopher CM Kyba, Sergio Pascual,M Ángeles, L Cayuela, Guillermo Martín Martinez and Peter Challupner, Atlas of astronaut photos, of Earth at night, News and Reviews in Astronomy & Geophysics, Vol. 55 no4. August 2014 (in press).




Residential development

Hitchcock, Texas, USA

29.325863616°, -94.939892581°

Residential housing separated by canals in Hitchcock, Texas, USA. Of the coastal town’s 92 square miles, more than a third is water.




Bingham Canyon Mine

Salt Lake County, Utah, USA

40.523°N 112.151°W


The Bingham Canyon Mine is an open-pit mine where copper deposits are extracted southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The mine has been operational since 1906 and has resulted in the creation of a pit over 0.6 miles deep, 2.5 miles wide, covering 1,900 acres. The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated a 72 mile plume of contaminated groundwater has been created over the course of the mine's history due to numerous chemical and oil spills at the site.




Manila, Philippines

14.617°N 120.967°E


Tondo is one of the most densely populated areas of the world with 72,000+ inhabitants per square kilometer. Located in the northwest portion of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, the district is primarily residential and contains many of the city’s slums.



Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport

Madrid, Spain

40°28′20″N 003°33′39″W


Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport in Madrid, Spain processes more than 52 million passengers per year. The massive Terminal 4 (approximately 8 million square feet spanning two buildings) is designed to give passengers a stress-free start to their journey through careful use of illumination, glass panes instead of walls, and numerous domes in the roof which allow natural light to pass through.